Guinness Book of World Records holder Jack Ryan came down to our afternoon 14th St. Y run a couple of weeks ago looking like the 80% field goal shooter of yesteryear. Minus the hops, anyone there who never had the chance to see him in his prime got a good sense of just how nice he was back in the day. For real, he led his squads to quick Ws cuz regular field goals were no match to him literally hitting every single three-pointer attempted. What really bugged me out was his passing. Never one known for sharing, “Black Jack” was hookin’ his teammates left and right. He introduced a new dish that I’d never seen before where he would penetrate, raise his right leg high in slow motion as if he was gonna jump while keeping his left foot planted, then toss the rock behind the waist of the help D to the open man underneath. I don’t know if i’m giving it justice, but it looked like the Matrix where he slowed everything down so much that he could’ve avoided a bullet even. Bugged, but true.
Jack will be in the annual West 4th Oldtimers’ Game this Saturday, July 26th. Hopefully he hasn’t injured himself again as he’s been nagged with various ailments all year. I really invite all of you to see him on the very court where he started his worldwide fame (and where he was photographed for our Bounce issue #14 cover)!
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